The 80s

Back Again!

Punk and partying, television and Gameboys, the demise of the forest, and the fall of the Berlin Wall – the 1980s were marked by political conflicts and social upheaval, but also marked the dawn of a digital future. Opening on 17 June 2023, the cultural history exhibition “The 80s – Back Again!” will revive memories of one of the most exciting decades in German post-war history.

The major exhibition at the Badisches Landesmuseum allows visitors to experience that tumultuous decade that saw the end of a divided GermanyWho doesn’t remember fitness fashion and Friesennerz, festivals and peace demonstrations, men wearing knitwear and androgynous women with shoulder pads? Popular TV soaps brought the nation together in front of the small-screen, and telephones were still land-line only.. Disco, club, and stadium concerts provided a collective feeling, but at the same time, cell phones, Walkmans, and game consoles created a culture of leisure that was fast becoming more and more individualized. Consumer goods increasingly reflected global fashions. For many young adults, travel, such as with the Interrailing, offered an exciting gateway to freedom and adventure. However, the seemingly pop-colorful decade was also marked by wider existential concerns about the workplace, world peace, environmental destruction, and the consequences of nuclear power. The global pandemic at that time was called AIDS. Public spaces were contested, and the power of the state and western capitalismwere questioned by punks, autonomists, and others. At the close of the decade, the fall of the Berlin Wall was associated with great political hopes and desires: the Cold War appeared to have been overcome, but reunification posed a historical challenge and a generational project.

The exhibition of cultural history at the Badisches Landesmuseum brings to life one of the most exciting and contradictory decades in post-war Germany. The show does not finish at the borders of the old Federal Republic, but gives attention to the political events, oppositional currents, and living environments of the GDR.

Furthermore, visitors are invited to actively participate in this culture of remembrance and to contribute iconic objects themselves. For the first time, the Museum has recruited a Guest Curator: vent manager and journalist Martin Wacker will bring all of his expertise to bear in collaboration with Brigitte Heck, Head of the Folklore Department. The exhibition offers a nostalgic journey through the past, while also establishing a connection with the present. The youth of the 1980s now has a serious responsibility: it must critically ask itself what it achieved back then, and which burning issues it will bequeath to future generations.

The 80s

Back Again!
Special exhibition
June 17, 2023 - February 25, 2024
Karlsruhe Palace

Project Partners:

Supported with funds from the Federal Foundation for the Study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany.

Werbekachel die 80er

The 80s (Major Exhibition June 17, 23 – Feb 25, 24)

Schloss Karlsruhe, Schlossbezirk 10, 76131 Karlsruhe

  • Adults12 Euro
  • Reduced*9 Euro
  • 6–17 Years4 Euro
  • Family25 Euro

Mon closed
TueSun, holidays
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

zwei Werbekacheln für die 80er und die Sammlungen

The 80s & Permanent Exhibitions

Schloss Karlsruhe, Schlossbezirk 10, 76131 Karlsruhe

The exhibition "Archaeology in Baden" is unfortunately closed on 22 February and 24/25 February.
  • Adults14 Euro
  • Reduced11 Euro
  • 6-17 Years4 Euro
  • Family29 Euro

Mon closed
Permanent Exhibitions:  Tue–Thur 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri–Sun, holidays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The 80s: Tue–Sun, holidays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Picture gallery

Gameboy, Zauberwürfel und Rollschuhe auf Holzboden
Lilafarbener Aerobic-Body
Weißes Band mit roter Schrift
Frau an orangefarbenem Telefon mit Wählscheibe
Filmplakat "Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo"
Türkisfarbene und lilafarbene Ballonseide-Trainingsjacke
Junge Frau mit Ghettoblaster auf der Schulter
Stück Betonmauer mit bunter Farbe bemalt.
Computer mit Tastatur und Diskette
Kassettenständer mit zwei Etagen voller Kassetten
Makramee-Pferd
Finger zeigt auf mehrere Buttons an Ärmel
Parteiprogramm der Grünen
Schwarzer Sony-Walkman aus den 80ern
Roter Sticker mit Sonne und Zahl 35
Zeitschriften-Cover mit Helmut Kohl als Birne
Brauner Tourenrucksack
Braune Jutetasche mit Aufdruck
Braune Spielekonsole mit Controller